Barbers >FSC Barber
5 Horatio St, New York, NY | Directions 1001440.738777 -74.003796
Neighborhoods: Downtown, West Village
Hugo. Best barber in NYC. Great experience, great conversation and the best haircut I got in my whole life.
Got the tip from a friend and had to wait longer because the guy is always busy. But it was worth waiting.
Worst Haircut I've Had in Years – You know when you've gotten a bad cut when you spend hours trying unsuccessfully, to style it into place...ANY place. I eventually had to take scissors to it just to fix the damage.
My "barber" was a young woman, who claimed that what I wanted was easy (I brought in a pic). But, from the get-go, I sat anxiously as I watched her do things that made no sense. I trusted that she had a method to her madness, but it was just a mess: crooked, uneven, missed hairs, sloppy, and NOT what I asked for.
And when I gave her a generous tip (habit of mine) she barely showed gratitude, much less a sincere thanks. It was as though I'd done something to piss her off.
The irony, is that I'M now pissed off
Don't believe the hype. – After all the buzz I decided it would be a cool place to get a haircut. Well once you get past the douchey attitudes of the front desk guys you are made to wait up 3 hours for a lame haircut. I am not going to call out names but "barber to the stars" you know who you are...You cant cut hair. No matter what get up you decide to wear your hair cut was that of a beauty school drop out. Its amazing how just the simple task of listening can make a huge difference. You did not listen to what I said, rushed through my hair cut and then left me feeling completely disappointed that I just spend $42 bucks on a hair cut, spent most of the day waiting, all for it to look like a 5 yr olds botched hair cut on barbie dolls. Never again will I walk into this place nor will I recommend this place to anyone.
Citysearch Editorial Profile – Heavy on the manly, mid-century style characteristic of all the Freeman's Sporting Club locations, FSC is an old-school barbershop for men who want an up-to-date look. Most guys don't want all the pampering that comes with an $80 salon haircut, and there's none of that here, though there is an even greater attention to detail and an innate understanding of how men like their hair--all for half that price. And it isn't just the vintage chairs and fixtures that make it feel like something from a bygone era; it's also the mustachioed barbers who take pride in their craft in a way that you don't see very often.
HYPE BUT NO SALE! – I had read quite a few articles regarding FSC and it's main barber, Shorty. I have a barber that I see on an ongoing basis, but thought it would be interesting to try a new place. Given the press both the shop and Shorty have received, I assumed I would be in good hands.
Let's just say that it was either Shorty's off day or I have higher expectations and demands than most men.
After waiting 2.5 hours for my haircut, I finally sat in Shorty's chair. This was my first visit and I found him slightly charming at first, but in the middle of the haircut, I soon realized I had made a big mistake.
Shorty stopped my hair cut 6 times (yes, I counted) to do things that should have been left for other staff members, such as passing out Halloween candy, ringing out a customer and reprimanding an employee who gave out product knowledge that he didn't agree with.
Shorty barely combed through my hair while cutting it. He also failed to check it dry, and ultimately areas that were to be faded are terribly blotchy.
I must admit that this was a learning experience. After receiving such a terrible haircut, I now appreciate my $11 barber whose skills surpass what I received from Shorty.
Perhaps men who don't care about what their hair looks like find this place grand, but I am definitely not impressed and will not return. More so, I am really disappointed that my haircut lacked the technical skill and the shop lacked any kind of ambience as stated in various press articles.
Shorty should focus on the client in his chair, and not be so preoccupied with the unnecessary details that go on. As a manger of a shop, he should set the tone and impress clients with his technical and chair side manner. Had he focused on me and lived up to what his reviews say, perhaps I would have gotten a great cut and been a regular client.
First impression is everything and FSC should strive to be as polished as their website and press touts them to be.
A total waste of an afternoon and $42
Classic men's haircut joint! – Great haircut!
I had been going to Freeman's barber shop for about a year when they opened FSC Barber on Horatio. The staff is excellent and professional. Shorty gives the best cuts in the city.
one of the reasons i love nyc – this place is great. i am so happy i found it. reasonably priced cuts from stylists/barbers you can trust. it is a cool place to hang out, listen in on somebody else's conversation, try to get a shop-wide old school fratty broo-haha going on, or just watch Shorty hold the shop down because you can learn a lot about anything just by watching him do his thing.
Old School For The New School – This place is a great treat for the man that wants to relax for a couple of hours. Best not to go when you're in a rush. They take their time and provide a quality job. I've been here on multiple occasions and have never been rushed.
Good ambiance, good staff, good service. Proper straight razor shaves with multiple eucalyptus towel wraps. This isn't your $15 haircut joint. Cuts are about 40 bucks and you walk out looking like a million.
Walk-ins only. No appointments.
Sammy is particularly recommended. I had a bad straight razor experience in completely different establishment & Sammy has renewed my faith!
Best old-school barber shop in NY – FSC is the best barber shop in NY for a guy to get a haircut and a proper old-school shave. The atmosphere's always relaxed and the barbers really know their stuff. Don't be afraid of the cut-throat razor - you're in good hands. Reasonably priced and worth every penny.
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